Morrow has been out since October 29th with an upper-body injury. In his absence, Porter played two games and recorded one shot on goal.
Morrow, 34, has played in nine games with the Blues this season, recording 2 goals and 1 assist. The veteran winger should be in the lineup Tuesday night when the Blues take on the Phoenix Coyotes:
Hitch said that Morrow feels good and could play tomorrow or Thursday. In talking to Morrow, tomorrow seems likely. #stlblues
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) November 11, 2013
Adam Cracknell, who received the majority of starts during Morrow’s absence, will most likely return to the press box on most nights.
Luckily for the Blues, Porter will not have to clear waivers to return to Chicago. This is a good thing for the Blues, who do not want to lose an organizational asset like Porter to another team.
Additionally, it looks like Swedish winger Magnus Paajarvi may be close to making his return for the Blues. He has not played since October 26th against the Nashville Predators, when he suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury.
Paajarvi traveled with the Blues on their most recent road trip and has been participating in practice in recent days. However, there are still a few hurdles that he must clear before he takes the ice again in a game setting:
Magnus Paajarvi said he needs to feel comfortable winning battles (taking/giving a hit) before declaring himself ready to play. #stlblues
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) November 11, 2013
The impending return of the two wingers means that Ken Hitchcock will have to make a difficult decision on which forward to sit each game. This can only be considered a good thing for the Blues as intense internal competition may help elevate the whole team’s play.